The Magic of Good Teaching

Every really good teacher I have ever known has had the ability to convey to students a certain energy required for “seeing” things. That energy becomes a part of the learning experience. It consists of a loyalty–I might almost say a “love”–of something that is of such transcending value and importance that it is capable of making demands upon life, of changing life. Moreover, this relationship between teacher and object of his thought, so charged with emotion, turns the classroom experience into an adventure, a seeking after something not yet seen, but knowing that once it is found our minds and hearts will no longer be the same.

AJ Conyers
The Listening Heart

Spence Publishing

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2 Responses

  1. So should we avoid teaching anything we aren’t passionate about? 🙂 I think sometimes I can set a good example by confessing I don’t particularly like Famous Author, but that we need to read him, and we’ll get what we can from him, and perhaps a student can get the passion I can’t quite work up. That’s a magical thing, too!

    • I suppose it depends what you mean by passionate.

      It might also depend on what you are teaching. Maybe in that particular case, what you are actually teaching is not a book you don’t like, but a virtue you do.

      I’m not a subjectivist, and it bothers me to think that a teacher (me, mine, or anybody else) would be trying to emotionally manipulate my tastes by dominating me with her own.

      So I appreciate your post. The role of the teacher is to point the student to truth, not to work up their passions.

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